A Trip to Munnar in Kerala India

June 25, 2019

by Arpita Mathur

Kerala, the “God’s Own Country,” is truly a beautiful destination offering a range of attractions that appeals to the senses of visitors who are looking for some refreshing sights, far away from the urban chaos. From the vast expanse of Munnar’s famous tea gardens to the unspoiled meadows or Vagamon and calm and quiet backwaters of Alleppey, the state has so much to offer. Located at the height of 6000 ft, this is a perfect destination for ardent adventurists, families, and honeymooners.

Rolling Tea Plantations of Munnar

Reaching Munnar In Kerala

The nearest city to reach Munnar, Kochi is 130 Kms away. The journey from Kochi to Munnar is quite incredible. Sudden waterfalls take you off guard. Fog starts rolling from the hills and combined with a salubrious climate; visitors are in for a memorable holiday.
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Munnar, approximately 4 hours drive. Private buses, cabs, and taxis ply services to this place. After relaxing in a beautiful resort that is perched atop the hills, offering picturesque views, start exploring the nascent beauty of this place. Munnar Lake can be spotted deep down, cross the tea plantations to reach there. Besides enjoying the natural beauty, we suggest checking these attractions-

National Park

Eravikulam National Park, the perfect place to explore is located close to Munnar. Known for its rich biodiversity, visitors can explore the park in the forest department vehicles. Endangered species like the Nilgiri Tahr, mountain goat, Leopard, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Bison, and many more can be spotted. From several vantage points, you can witness the majestic presence of Anamudi. Exotic and rare flora like wild balsams, epiphytic orchids, etc., can also be spotted. Sprawled over more than 90 sq km, this park is nestled amidst the Kannan Devan Hills. This region is unique for its shoal-grassland ecosystem. You can visit the park from 7 in the morning till 6 in the evening.

Tea Museum

If you are curious about how tea is manufactured and the entire process from plucking of tea leaves to the packaging of tea, can be seen at the Tea Museum, located about one and a half kilometers away from Munnar. Here, visitors can see the demo process of tea making. Some unique and amazing colonial era exhibits can be seen. Munnar history can be traced through a short video.

Munnar Lake-Serenely Meandering through Nilgiri Hills

Where to Stay

Check out the KTDC Tea County, The Silver Tips, The Tall Trees, Tea Valley Resorts, and more for stay. Options like Club Mahindra, Mountain Club, Chandys Windy Woods, and Fragrant Nature are luxurious places to stay.

Restaurants in Munnar

If you love to dig South Indian food, you must visit the Saravana Bhavan, known to serve authentic South Indian delicacies. Non-vegetarians can try lip smacking delicacies at Mezbaan. Other famous restaurants in Munnar are Hotel Sreenivas, Silver Spoon, Bamboo Hut, and more.

Munnar Lake-Serenely Meandering through Nilgiri Hills

Other Kerala Attractions Worth Exploring

Marayoor

On the second day, visit Marayoor, a beautiful place close to Munnar, known for its sandalwood trees. Explore Sandalwood Factory, and visit muniyaras or caves with artifacts from the Stone Age era. There is a beautiful park for the children to play, protected by the broad canopy of a huge Banyan Tree. The place lies in the Idukki district of Kerala, close to the slopes of the Western Ghats. Return to Munnar after a day-long excursion to Marayoor.
After enjoying Munnar, visit neighboring attractions like Thekkady and Alleppey. Thekkady is 110 km away from Munnar, and it takes four hours to reach.

Thekkady

Thekkady, a beautiful destination known for Periyar Tiger Reserve, is a must visit attraction. Enjoy exploring the spice scented plantations! One of the topmost wildlife reserves of the country, the Periyar Tiger Reserve is the perfect place to spot Tiger, Asian Elephant, Bison, Indian Wild Dog, Sambar deer, Barking deer, Leopard, Smooth-coated otter, and many more rare wildlife species.
Kurisumala or Cross Mountain is a trekkers delight. Enjoy trekking amidst the beauty of the hills and visit the “Surki” dam, almost 120 years old is also a famous tourist attraction in Thekkady. Gavi, approximately 14 km away from Thekkady is known for tea plantations, majestic waterfalls, tropical forests, cardamom plantations, grasslands and more. Watch one of the oldest martial arts of the world, Kalaripayattu, where agile and highly flexible experts display this martial art form.

Where to Stay

Spice Village and Greenwoods Resort are some of the best accommodation options available in Thekaddy. If looking for a budget option, you can make arrangements at the KTDC Periyar House.

Restaurants in Thekaddy

Although the hotels provide excellent food, one may also try the restaurants like Bar-b-que, Our Place, Bamboo Villagio-known for its Tandoor delicacies and Grandma’s Café for a home like good quality food.

Alleppey

On the fourth day, leave for Alleppey, located approximately 150 km from Thekkady, taking almost 4 hours to reach. Alleppey or Allapuzha is known for beautiful backwaters. Lagoons with still water, canals lined on both sides with tall, swaying palm trees, are the major attractions of this place. You can book houseboats and enjoy leisurely sailing across the serene backwaters.

Where to Stay

Staying in the houseboat, replete with luxurious amenities is a dream come true for every visitor. Besides houseboats, the other options available are Palm Grove Resort, Raheem Residency, Punnamada Homestay, and more.

Restaurants in Alleppey

For authentic South Indian food, you can visit Hot Dishes. At Caffia, you can sample fish Biryani along with lime pickle and Raita.
Kerala, known for its stunning beauty beckons a large number of travelers looking for some peace and quiet. This place brings them closer to Mother Nature and own self. Enjoy exploring this magnificent destination at a leisurely pace. Hire a bike and chart your course through the verdant tea plantations sprawled all around the destination. Its unmistakable colonial charm will leave you asking for more. Romantic ambiance and lush greenery of the place is a perfect balm to your tired soul.

The entire trip to the most famous hill station and nearby areas of Kerala will stay in your memories forever!

Arpita Mathur

By Arpita Mathur

Arpita Mathur is a travel writer who loves writing on diverse cultures, souls, food, attractions, travel tips, and more. Her insightful posts open up a new world for the readers and encourage them to take up on their long overdue traveling plans to an exotic location. Her simple and easy to read writing has allowed her to make a mark in the travel industry. Trained and qualified to be a travel professional, she has penned 14 books on diverse topics of travel and tourism. Her travel tales hold a lot of appeal with all those who love being transported to a new place through her inspired writings.

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Ada

June 28, 2019

I\'d love to go some day. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!